This bookmark (which Annie made) is David's favourite gift of all time. I can understand why: I was brought up to believe that a handmade gift is so much more special and touching than any bought in a shop.
Hand-made automatically implies
something that's been made with attention by someone who cares about
the finished results. It suggests individuality and a touch of the
I've noticed canny companies turn the latest crafting trend into a marketing tool. 'Hand-finished' is seen to be a good selling point. This could be a sprinkling of glitter glued onto a mass produced greetings card adding £2 to the price. And sometimes I see quilts for sale in shops labelled as 'hand-made' which have clearly been made on a machine and, I suspect, in a factory.
People have protested in the past about me labelling things I've made using a sewing machine as 'handmade'. I suppose I mean 'not-mass-produced-in-a-factory'. There's a huge difference between something genuinely hand-made and mass-produced 'hand-made' goods (I'm still struggling to believe there's such a thing!)
Of course, anything that comes into fashion will inevitably go out again, so it's a good idea to exploit the crafting vogue and enjoy it while it lasts!
And if I don't have time to make hand made gifts for my friends and family, well I'm just going to get myself on over to Etsy, which is hand made heaven. These are some of my current favourites: